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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) to John Bryant

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03495 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: New Windsor, New York Type: Manuscript letter Date: 18 April 1781 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 24 x 19 cm.

Written and signed for Knox in the hand of Samuel Shaw, Knox's aid-de-camp. States he is sorry to hear that Captain Bryant's company is weak but says "it is out of my power to add to it, except by ordering such men of the artillery to it, who are unable to do field duty." Approves of Bryant sending samples of "fuzes, rockets and tubes" of Bryant's making. Asks Bryant to inform Colonel David Mason that Knox applied to Colonel Timothy Pickering for an order on the quarter master in Springfield. Bryant was a member of Colonel Mason's corps of Artillery artificers stationed at Springfield. "Public Service" written on address leaf with no signature.

[Excerpt:]
I approve of your sending me some fuzes [sic], rockets and tubes of your making, for a trial; and shall rely upon those which you shall make in future being conformable to the directions I shall give you. I request that you will turn your whole strength to making fuzes for the 9 inch French mortars, that is equal nearly to the English 10 inch. Inform me how many you can make a week.
Inform Col. Mason that I have applied to Col Pickering for an order on the Q. M. at Springfield for a waggon to carry his baggage. When I receive the order I shall forward it. Also, inform Capt Hawes that I have no influence to effect his establishment, agreeably to what he requested my Brother. Were it in my power I should fix him immediately.

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